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Jesuit-educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career ininterrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille. Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted voltiare pen na Complete works Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London.
There he wrote Lettres philosophiqueswhich galvanized French reform. The book also satirized the religious teachings of Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal, including Pascal’s famed “wager” on God. He met the 27 year old married mother when he was Cattas his memoirs, he wrote: In it the Deist candidly rejected immortality and questioned belief in God.
Cartas filosóficas y otros escritos
It was not published until the s. Voltaire continued writing amusing but meaty philosophical plays and histories.
To avoid Calvinist persecution, Voltaire moved across the border to Ferney, where the wealthy voltair lived for 18 years until his death. Voltaire began to openly challenge Christianity, calling it “the infamous thing. His pamphlet, The Sermon on the Fifty went after transubstantiation, miracles, biblical contradictions, the Jewish religion, and the Christian God.
Voltaire wrote that a true god “surely cannot have been born of a girl, nor died on the gibbet, nor be eaten in a piece of dough,” or inspired “books, filled with contradictions, madness, and horror. Filozoficas Philosophical Dictionary was published in without his name. Although the first edition immediately sold out, Geneva officials, followed by Dutch and Parisian, had the books burned.
It was published in as two large volumes. Voltaire campaigned fiercely against civil atrocities in the name of religion, writing pamphlets and commentaries about the barbaric execution of a Huguenot trader, who was first broken at the wheel, then burned at the stake, in Voltaire’s campaign for justice and restitution ended with a posthumous retrial induring which 40 Parisian judges declared the defendant innocent. Voltaire urgently tried to save the life of Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year old sentenced to death for blasphemy for failing to remove his hat during a religious procession.
InChevalier was beheaded after being tortured, then his body was burned, along with a copy of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary. Voltaire’s statue at the Pantheon was melted down during Nazi occupation.
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